Why were we never told? Why didn't we know? Historian Henry Reynolds has found himself being asked these questions by many people, over many years, in all parts of Australia. The acclaimed Why Weren't We Told? is a frank account of his personal journey towards the realisation that he, like generations of Australians, grew up with a distorted and idealised version of the past.
From the author's unforgettable encounter in a North Queensland jail with injustice towards Aboriginal children, to his friendship with Eddie Mabo, to his shattering of the myths about our "peaceful" history, this best-selling book will shock, move, and intrigue.
Since Federation, all Australian governments have chosen to treat us people like mushrooms; kept in the dark and fed on excrement, the easier to keep us fighting each other instead of the cruel racist system that would make slaves of all of us, black or white. I'm almost overwhelmed by the content of this book. There's so much to absorb. I will have to read it again soon. I am white. Born in England.
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Some of what Reynolds has written about, I was aware of. However, the detail that is reached is shattering, educational, insightful and horrifying. This is a must read.
An enlightening and moving expose. Thanks choice of voice was also very well suited to the delicate subject matter. aa
This book and it's knowledge should be part of the school curriculum.
Excellent and easy to listen to.